COVID-19  Testing and Vaccine Information

OCH Testing Resources - Contact 270-363-0715

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms or have had a direct exposure should be tested. Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. All individuals who are being tested should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
OCH offers drive-up COVID-19 testing in our Hartford location. Follow the directional signage to the front of Ohio County Family Care / Quick Care Clinic. Please park in the COVID-19 Testing spots directly in front of the glass enclosure or to the right of the buidling.  Patients will need to call 270-363-0715 to make the staff aware that you are waiting to be tested. A COVID-19 Testing Team member will to your vehicle to perform the swab. A photo identification is required and we ask that you wear a face mask until the team member is ready administer test. Testing is also available in both of our rural health clinics - Fordsville Area Medical Clinica and Butler County Family Care. 

Types of Tests:

  • 15-Minute COVID-19 Rapid Test (Nasal Swab): Most commonly used if you are actively experiencing virus symptoms, this test can quickly provide you with a negative or positive result which helps treating provider determine best treatment plan. This test is administered at Provider discretion  based on length of symptoms, place of employment, and other factors.
  • PCR Lab Test: Results in 48 to 72 hours (Nasal Swab) – Most commonly administered to detect if you are actively infected with COVID-19 virus and displaying symptoms or those seeking testing due to a direct exposure to an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19. 
  • If you are testing prior to a surgical procedure, please follow the instructions given during your pre-op call. 

Patients will recieve a call from the COVID-19 Testing Team within 24 to 48 hours with results of swab. 

Cost and Payment:
Is there an out-of-pocket cost for patients with insurance?

Patients with insurance should not have any out-of-pocket costs for a covered COVID-19 test. If you have health insurance, you must bring your card with you to the test site. Patients who test negative for COVID-19 through a rapid test and come into the clinic for additional treatment would be responsible for any patient cost share as determined by your insurance. 

Is there an out-of-pocket cost for patients without insurance?

If you do not have insurance, we will ask you for your Social Security number (card not needed), driver's license or state ID to submit the cost of your test to the federal program for the uninsured. If you do not have insurance and are using the federal program for the uninsured to cover your COVID-19 test, the in-clinic visit will be covered at no additional cost to you; however, any additional point of care lab testing will not be covered under the uninsured fund.

Vaccination - Contact 270-215-9082

Ohio County Healthcare strongly advocates that  COVID-19 vaccinations are the most effective tool currently available to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinations help to prevent most people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and it also helps protect their loved ones from infection. Your decision to be vaccinated protects you, your loved ones, and your neighbors. 
COVID-19 Vaccinations are administered 7 days a week at Ohio County Family Care / Quick Care  located at 20 E. McMurtry Ave in Hartford, KY.

Walk-ins welcome or you can schedule an appointment by clicking HERE.  Or call the OCH Vaccination Hotline at 270-215-9082 with any questions regarding vaccines.

Ohio County Healthcare is currently administering all three vaccinations:

  • Pfizer ( ages 12 plus - 2 shots)
  • Moderna (ages 18 plus - 2 shots)
  • Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+).

Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccination require an initial shot and a booster shot either 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) later. You will be scheduled for your booster shot after your initial shot. Please do not schedule a vaccine appointment if you have recieved an infusion for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

High Risk  - Adults of any age with the following conditions are at an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: 

  • Cancer 
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) 
  • Down Syndrome 
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies 
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant 
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2) 
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Ohio County Healthcare is committed to the health, safety and well-being of this community. We urge everyone to follow health and safety social distancing recommendations and receive vaccinations to protect yourself and others from the virus. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), please call our COVID Hotline (270-215-9082) or OCH Patient Access (270-298-7411) for direction on treatment options or location before making a personal visit to the hospital or our clinics. This prevents exposing others unnecessarily and will lead to a more dynamic screening process. Many of our provider offices and hospital departments offer carside registration or alternative entrances to help control the spread of the virus. Stay well!

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Screening

  • All patients, visitors, and employees entering our facilities are screened for temperature and respiratory illness symptoms. 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • All patients, visitors, and staff must wear appropriate PPE. If you don't have a mask or other PPE, we'll gladly provide one.
  • Patients with COVID-19 are isolated from other patients in a separate area.
  • Patients scheduled for a procedure of surgery are tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their procedure. If they test positive, their procedure or surgery is rescheduled for their safety.

Environment

  • Re-arranged waiting areas and curb-side registration help to reduce traffic and create safe spaces for patients to wait for appointments.
  • All registration areas have either plexiglass barriers or floor labels to help maintain 6 foot social distancing.
  • Increased frequency and intensity of cleaning high-touch areas in patient rooms and lobbies.
  • When possible, separate entrances and treatment areas have been established for non-COVID patients. Including the addition of a mobile COVID ER Annex for treatment for treatment of postivie patients or those requiring low-acuity care for COVID symptoms. 

Virtual Visits

  • All OCH providers offer virtual visits for treatment of acute and chronic ilnesses and medication refills. 
  • To schedule a virtual or in person appointment of if any questions, please call 270-504-1300.
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COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure. People who have been infected may not show any symptoms and may still be contagious.

This makes it very important to wear a face covering in public and maintain six feet distancing to help protect others.

Most common symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever and/or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headache
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please seek Emergency Medical Care if you develop any of the following warning signs:

  • Difficulty/Trouble Breathing
  • Persistent Pain or Pressure in the Chest
  • New Confusion or Inability to Arouse
  • Bluish Lips or Face

OCH Testing Resources

CDC Considerations for who should get tested:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department.

If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional. Please click this link to view the Green River District Health Department's recomendations regarding self-isolation.

15-Minute COVID-19 Rapid Test (Nasal Swab) – Most commonly used if you are actively experiencing virus symptoms, this test can quickly provide you with a negative or positive result which helps treating provider determine best treatment plan. This test is administered at Provider discretion  based on length of symptoms, place of employment, and other factors.

PCR Lab Test – results in 48 to 72 hours (Nasal Swab) – Most commonly administered to detect if you are actively infected with COVID-19 virus and displaying symptoms or those seeking testing due to a direct exposure to an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19. 

Testing Site Questions:

  • Please follow our onsite signage and park in a designated COVID parking spot. Call the number on the sign. We ask all indivduals to stay in your vehicle unless otherwise directed by healthcare personnel.
  • You will be tested using nasal swab sample. You may also be tested for other respiratory illnesses if necessary.
  • If you receive a nasal swab for COVID-19, please presume you are positive and stay home and self-quarantine until you recieve final results.
  • You will receive a phone call once your test results are in.
  • It can take up to 5 days to receive test results through commercial lab testing.
  • We understand this is an anxious time and we appreciate your patience with us.
  • We are working on testing capabilities within our facilities for the near future, which will be much faster.
  • If your symptoms worsen and there is concern that you may require additional medical care you should call out Hotline at 270-256-5535

Healthcare Treatment Options

All Ohio County Healthcare facilities are open and treating patients either in person or by virtual video visits. Please call your provider's office during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. Carside registration is available so that patients can wait in their vehicles and not in waiting rooms. We have created seperate entrances for sick and well patients.

Visitor Information

  • Number of Visitors, Visiting Hours, and Visitor Protocol is varied based on department. Please call 270-298-7411 to inquire about a specific department's visiting information. All visitors will have their temperature checked and must wear a facemask in every part of the hospital. 

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